The MSCHA Varsity Playoffs are just around the corner. After posting a 8-11-2 record in the regular season and running off a 5-4-1 record since Christmas, Vianney is prepared for the second season, the MSCHA Challenge Cup Playoffs, which begin this Thursday evening. Vianney was ranked #9 our of 35 Varsity teams that compete in the St. Louis, MO area. The last three games of the regular season are indicators of a strong playoff run. With a full team the Griffins dismissed Westminster 5-1 in a terrific "team win". A balanced attack and solid goaltending were the hallmarks of this late season win. In the final two games the Griffins had a shorter bench due to conflicts and illness but were up to the task posting wins against Lindbergh and John Burroughs.
Here is the schedule for St. John Vianney in the first round of the Challenge Cup Playoffs
Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017 vs. Oakville (#5) 7:00 pm @ South County Rec
Fri. Feb. 3, 2017 vs. Parkway South (#12) 8:00 pm @ Affton Ice Arena
Mon. Feb. 6, 2017 vs. DeSemt (#4) 8:15 pm @ Queeny Park
(The first team listed above is the home team)
Here are the rankings for the Challenge Cup Playoffs.
To see complete Challenge Cup First Round game schedule go to:
A second grade girl, Alicia, wrote out her Christmas Wish List for Santa this year and the first item on her list was to have something signed by Tony Twist to give to her dad. She said her dad has had a tough year because he works 2 jobs, his car keeps breaking down, he is always tired and he has to spend a lot of time going to the hospital and doctor visits. The reason her dad spends so much time at the hospital and medical offices is because Alicia has been battling cancer for the past few years. She has been in and out of Cardinal Glennon Hospital and is now cancer free, but they did have to amputate her leg this year. She was recently blessed with a prosthetic leg so she can get around as well as other children. She wanted to do something special for her dad to surprise him and make him smile. Alicia, her brother Brian and her dad have always been St. Louis Blues fans, but her dad is a huge fan of former Blues player, Tony Twist.
Alicia’s wish list was passed on to the Griffin Hockey Club to see if they could help grant this wish. The club decided they would not only grant her this wish, they would also make her the hero of their Varsity game on December 23rd to drop the puck. Prior to the game, Alicia and her family joined the hockey club for a Christmas dinner and Alicia was able to give the varsity players a pep talk and then present several surprises to her dad. Tony Twist signed a Jersey, several framed photos personalized to dad, a puck and several other items. Dad was overwhelmed with emotion as he hugged Alicia and was so thankful to the team. Tarasenko also heard about Alicia’s special wish, and that he is her favorite player, so he signed a game stick for her as a surprise. The hockey team also purchased multiple santa bags full of gifts for Alicia and her brother and wrapped them as if they were from Santa. Those gifts were delivered to their home so they would be surprised Christmas morning from Santa Claus. The hockey club also raised enough money to pay one month’s rent for Alicia’s family.
After Christmas, she came back to school and shared how amazing her Christmas was for her whole family. She wrote a special thank you note to the Vianney Griffins Hockey Players and shared her special Christmas story with her class. She has vowed to come back for more games to cheer them on to victory.
Head Coach Brian McGlynn released the following information regarding selection of team leaders for the 2016-2017 season.
"The St. John Vianney High School Varsity hockey team has added two Assistant Captains to the 2016-2017 team,
Charlie Iles (#42 Defenseman, Junior) and Drew Doran (#43 Forward, Junior)
Both players have distinguished themselves as team leaders and committed players. The coaching staff feels the addition of these team leaders completes team leadership goals that have been established for the team moving forward. Both of these players are to be commended for their leadership and commitment to the hockey program."
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Assistant Captains.
This season Vianney will field two Junior Varsity teams. JV BLACK and JV GOLD.
The coaches are proud to announce the following players that have earned the position of Captain of their JV teams.
JV BLACK - Sam Sallee, Junior..Greg Bauer, Sophomore..Keegan Hegger, Sophomore
JV GOLD - Nikolas Walden, Senior..Zach Drummond, Junior..Ian Somogye, Sophomore
Congratulations and Good Luck to all the JV Captains and their teams!
In the first round of the Wickenheiser Cup Playoffs, Zahoran scored 6 goals and added 4 assists to help move Vianney onto the second round.
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For the first time in Vianney Hockey Club history, this season there were two Junior Varsity Teams put on the ice. Conventional thinking may be to "load up" one team and run the table on the way to a JV Championship. But as the Vianney program earns back a prominent spot at the Varsity level the development minded coaching staff made the decision to continue to ready players for their upperclassemen years on the ice at Vianney. This decision proved that keeping the pipeline full of qualified candidates for future Varsity rosters will be secure.
The Vianney Gold and Vianney Black JV teams earned the #5 and #6 spots over all as they enter the 2016-2017 MSCHA JV Playoffs. The Gold teams first round opponent will be Wentzville Timberland (#12) while the Black team will face Parkway South (#11). No first round game dates have been released by MSCHA officials but are expected to be released this week. The Vianney Gold Team posted a final regular season record of 9-4-3 while the Vianney Black team finished the regular season 9-7-0. Very impressive records to be sure and experience that will pay big dividends for Vianney Hockey's future.
Recently, Vianney High School released the Student Athletes that made the First Semester - First or Second Honor Roll. Out of the current enrolled Vianney students that play hockey, fifty (50%) percent of them achieved Honor Roll status.
Congratulations to the following Student Athletes from the St. John Vianney Hockey Club.
1st Honor Roll - 3.80 + GPA
Will Dapron, Will Gruener, Andrew Hoyt, Tanner Placke
2nd Honor Roll - 3.25 - 3.79 GPA
Reid Zimmermann, Nik Walden
Zach Drummond, Sam Sallee
Adam Rischbieter, Jack Breheny, Michael Gigling, Zach Adamec, Joey Boccardi, Ben Cummins, Wes Farhatt, Stuart Laub, Nicholas Niemier, Tim Pazdernik, Riley Flieg, Evan Lovera, JT Mossinghoff, Jack Sitner, John Hazelton
Vianney now earns their highest seeding in the past three seasons as the #2 behind CBC in the Black Conference division of the tournament. The Griffins will cross over in the Quarter Finals to play DeSmet Jesuit #3 in the Orange Conference division Thurs. Oct. 22, 2015 @ 6:50 pm at the Webster Groves Ice Arena.
The Vianney Golden Griffin Hockey Cheer Squad 2017-2018 Celebrates the Big Win!
The Vianney Hockey Cheerleaders swept the 2017-2018 Mid States Hockey Cheerleading Competition on Sun. Feb. 19, 2018 at Lindbergh High School. The Griffin Girls finished first in Chant, first in Cheer and first in Dance.
Vianney Hockey Cheer was the Overall Champions of the competition. Great way to cap off the season....great work girls.
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU SAY, WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
The girls would like to thank the players that turned out to cheer them on!
Vianney's Andrew Cook #10 and Lindbergh's Patrick Elliot #79 vie for control of the puck during the game on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Vianney Golden Griffins scored early in the game and held onto the lead for a 10-2 victory over the Lindbergh Flyers. photo
It didn't take long for the Vianney High School Golden Griffins hockey team to jump out to an early lead over the Lindbergh High School Flyers on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Left to Right: Bill Bommarito, Scott Simpson, Duane Swacker, Robert Croghan Sr, Brian McGlynn
This year St. John Vianney Hockey is proud to announce the Vianney Hockey Hall of Fame - Class of 2017.
Bro. Norbert Grass - Coach
Mr. Robert Croghan, Sr. - Builder
Mr. Duane Swacker - Player
The Class of 2017 was introduced and inducted at the 2017 Alumni Night Sat. Dec. 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm in the Upper Meeting Room @ Affton Ice Rink.
St. John Vianney reigned supreme in both Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the 19th Annual Midwest Thanksgiving High School Hockey classic, formerly the St. Charles Thanksgiving Invitational. The tournament has become the largest high school hockey tournament in the Midwest and one of the largest in the entire country. Vianney only recently returned to the tournament over the past two seasons but has appeared in this tournament eight times. The tournament which began in 1999 with 13 teams in two divisions now hosts 50 teams in six different divisions. Teams participating in this year’s tournament are from across Ohio as well as across the Mid West and Canada.
The tournament, began on Friday November 24th, and utilized all six sheets of ice at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin and Chiller North facilities. All in all there were over 90 games played culminating with the championship games on Sunday November 26th. Vianney opened up Varsity pool play against two time defending Ohio State High School Champions, Dayton. The Griffins quickly got on the board just after the opening face off on a goal from their Assistant Captain, Danny McGlynn. This goal set the tone for the weekend where Vianney Varsity out scored their opponents 34-4 in four games. In the first game, Griffin goaltender, Nick Niemeier held Dayton in check the entire game allowing 1 goal on 23 shots. This effort made it possible for Vianney to hold the momentum till late in the second period when Senior Captain, Zach Drummond capitalized with a Power Play Goal. Going into the break between the second and third periods the Griffins held a 2-0 lead. The final tally of the game came midway through the third period on a goal, his first as a Vianney player from Freshman Defenseman, John Verdu. That same evening, the Junior Varsity Griffins kept pace with the "big team" beating Liberty, 4-0. The shut out from Sophomore, Evan Lovera.
Super Saturday at the tournament included two games for each Varsity and JV. The Varsity Griffs drop the puck against Wooster just 15 minutes across town from where the JV team would face off against Upper Arlington. The Varsity skaters went right to work against Wooster who appeared last season in the final four of the Ohio State High School Hockey Championships. This game was all about solid goaltending and defense. Being backstopped again with a solid game by goalie, Nick Niemeier, the Vianney Sophomore defenders provided all the scoring. Two goals from Will Gruener, one from Joey Boccardi and a final tally from Assistant Captain Joe Schulze salted away the win for the Griffins, 4-2. Meanwhile back at the JV game the Jr. Griffs wasted no time in defeating a very good opponent Upper Arlington by a score of 6-3. This game was split in the nets by Sophomore goalie, Jack Sitner who allowed just 1 goal and Freshman keeper, Drew Steinmetz. As was the case throughout the whole weekend, scoring for the JV team was scattered across the line up. Goals from Tanner Placke, Jack Breheny (Captain), Riley Fleig, Michael Giegling, Tommy Gruener, and Colin Wobbe sealed the win for Vianney JV.
With two wins each, Varsity and JV had a small break for a team lunch and were right back on the ice Saturday evening. A win for both teams would assure them a place in the Sunday Championship games. Varsity made quick work of opponents St. Francis DeSales with an 11-0 win. Junior netminder, Keegan Hegger recorded the shut out. The Junior Varisity team faced a very capable opponent St. Charles. This game was a battle from start to finish but with solid goaltending again from Evan Lovera the JV Griffins came out on top 3-2.
Championship Sunday had the Varsity team facing off against Kenston OH in a late morning game while JV would play Dublin Jerome just after the lunch hour. Coach McGlynn and the Griffins rode the hot goalie Nick Niemeier into the Championship game. Niemeiier did not disappoint allowing just 1 goal. But the story of this game early was the Vianney Penalty Kill. The Griffins were sent to the box seven times in the first two periods opposed to one penalty to Kenston. In between killing off 14:00 minutes of penalties Vianney scored three times with goals from Danny McGlynn, Zach Drummond and Senior Captain, Drew Doran. Going into the intermission between periods it was 3-0 Griffins. Vianney came out strong knowing that they were just a period way from the Championship. They put away Kenston 6-1 with three third period goals. Two from Juniors, Kam Sengheiser and Ian Somogye and the final goal, his second of the game from forward Drew Doran. The Junior Varsity team had their work cut out for them facing opponent Dublin Jerome. This club has a lot of history in the tournament and they would not go easy. Just like Varsity, the JV Coaches stayed with the hot goalie, Nick Lovera and also were not disappointed. Lovera allowed only 1 goal in this game and a skimpy 3 goals over 3 games on the weekend. Paced by a first period goal from Sophomore, Zach Adamac the JV team would add three more goals to win the JV Championship 4-1. One goal and the Game Winner from Freshman, Tommy Gruener and two goals from Sophomores, Cameron Beck and Jack Breheny.
This was a tremendous weekend for St. John Vianney on both levels, Varsity and JV....offensively and defensively. Two goaltending shut outs and outscoring their opponents 51-9 gave the Griffins a lot to be thankful for in the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic.
The Vianney Hockey Coaching Staff is proud to announce the selection of the 2017-2018 Varsity Captains and Assistant Captains.
Nov. 25, 2018
Great Weekend in Ohio
The Griffins traveled to Columbus, OH with three teams appearing in the 20th Thanksgiving High School Hockey Classic. Last season Vianney captured championships at both levels, Varsity and JV. This season the Griffins had a Varsity Gold Team, a Varsity Black Team at a JV Team. Here are the final records for the tournament and a brief recap.
Varsity Gold 3-1-0
The Varsity Gold Team won two out of three round robin games with the only loss coming to Jerome Dublin on a shoot out that went 7 players deep. That round robin loss put the Griffins into the 3rd Place game by just one half of a point as they score the games by earning points per periods won and game wins. The Griffins dominated the 3rd place game vs. Lake Catholic and came away with a 4-1 win.
Varsity Black 2-2-0
Based on conflicting tournament schedules for the JV and Varsity teams and the fact that Varsity Gold was unbeaten going into the final game of the tournament, the Varsity Black team had to share some of their players with the JV team so they played with a short bench. The team had a very respectable showing with two wins. In the consolation game the team exploded with an 11- 1 win.
Junior Varsity 1-3-0
This team was effected the most with the tournament conflicts and injuries sustained by Vianney players last week. Even with these challenging issues the JV team played competitively against teams that had older, more physical players. The highlight for this team was a 2-1 victory over a tournament rival from last season St. Charles Catholic late on Saturday night.
Overall, this was a great trip for the Griffins. All players represented well and the teams bonded to support each other. Players and Coaches appreciated the opportunity to represent St. John Vianney regionally and are focused on the rest of their regular seasons.
We invite you to come and enjoy a Vianney Hockey game soon!
Fri. Dec. 14, 2018
The Griffins had a busy five days on the ice. The team played three games in five days and reeled off three wins. To top that, none of the games were at home. Mon. Dec. 10, 2018 vs. Westminster Academy @ Queeny Park 4-1, Thur. Dec. 13, 2018 vs. Edwardsville @ East Alton 5-1 and Fri. Dec. 14, 2018 vs. Lindbergh @ South County Rec 7-1. Vianney takes all three games beating opponents 16-3 and running their mid season record to 8-2-1.
The team now has a week off of games leading into finals week at school and the Winter Break. On Sat. Dec 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm at Affton Ice Arena the Griffins face the Chaminade Red Devils in their Annual Marianist Cup Game which is also a Hockey Fights Cancer game with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Come out and enjoy an annual St. Louis High School Hockey Tradition!
This season the Annual Marinist Cup game between Vianney and Chaminade will take place on Sat. Dec. 22, 2018 at the Affton Ice Arena (Game Times of JV and Varsity Games TBA). But this season the games takes on a new purpose. Vianney and Chaminade will team up together to show that not only the NHL Fights Cancer but, High School Hockey Fights Cancer.
The night of the Marinist Cup game between the two Varsity teams there will be a preliminary game between their two JV teams. Before, during and after the games there will be special events planned to support and raise money for the American Cancer Society to help fight this disease that has effected so many people in all of our lives.
Stay tuned, more details will be shared in the near future.
With all the preparation done, practices in the books and many games played, 2018 draws to a close. As the old saying goes, "You have more fun when you win then when you lose" and this is true for 2018.
The club has posted an overall record of 43-20-6 between Varsity, Junior Varsity and B Team in regular season games and tournament appearances. By the numbers, the teams have equally taken on and developed the emphasis of winning. This was an objective of the club that did not happen overnight. This long term objective has now come full circle and it's because of players, coaches, parents, fans, administrators, board members and supporters that Vianney Hockey continues to be a premier high school hockey program in the St. Louis area.
What's next for Vianney Hockey? Short term...more of the same. Good hard played games that include learning and developing as individuals and as teams. Long term...pursuit of championships and recognition from the hockey community. Being a part of Vianney Hockey is being a part of a family, understanding your role and how you can best serve your team(s) with your talent while fostering a competitive atmosphere that makes all peer student athletes perform at a high level both on and off the ice.
By the end of the hockey season we will be able to see the results of our efforts on the ice and define what success was for our individual teams. But more importantly, by the end of the school year we will see where our student athletes have thrived and succeeded in the classroom. The whole experience develops what St. John Vianney defines as "Men of Character and Accomplishment".
Here's to the 2018 successes and to the plan for a prosperous New Year in 2019!
Happy New Year.....
#10 Danny McGlynn - Senior Captain
Joe Harris Special to STLhighschoolsports.com 01/22/2019
MANCHESTER • Vianney ice hockey coach Brian McGlynn wasn’t going to let a potential victory slip from his team’s grasp. Sensing the momentum shifting after De Smet had cut Vianney’s three-goal lead to just one midway through the second period, McGlynn called a timeout to regroup his team. The Griffins responded with two quick goals en route to a 6-2 victory in a key Mid-States Club Hockey Association Municipal Division game at the Queeny ice rink Tuesday night.
“There were some things out there that we needed to correct,” McGlynn said. “We needed to get back to playing Vianney hockey. McGlynn called the timeout at 7:06 after De Smet’s Benjamin Lodes cut the Vianney lead to 3-2 with his third goal of the season. Vianney answered 20 seconds later with Danny McGlynn’s team-leading 16th goal of the season. “I just got the pass and shot it and it went right through the five hole,” Danny McGlynn said. “Good teamwork, it was a good breakout.”
Cameron Wuesthoff restored the Griffins’ three-goal lead, finishing a three-on-one by roofing a shot just under the crossbar with 44 seconds left in the second period. Wuesthoff’s power-play goal in the third pushed Vianney's lead to 6-2.
Danny McGlynn said quick response after the timeout was crucial. “That brought us a lot of momentum,” Danny McGlynn said. “We picked it up and got two more.”
Adam Rischbieter and Joseph Schulze each had a goal and an assist for Vianney (13-5-1). Joey Boccardi also scored for the Griffins and Nicholas Niemeier made 23 saves.
Daniel Kinzel also scored for De Smet (12-5-3). Daniel Karr made 23 saves for the Spartans. The game has possible Challenge Cup playoff ramifications as both teams expect to be seeded in the top four when the postseason pairings are announced Sunday. “I don’t know the mathematics behind that,” Brian McGlynn said. “I think we are neck and neck (with De Smet), maybe this will give us a little nudge.”
Rischbieter gave Vianney a 1-0 lead 63 seconds into the game, scoring his second goal of the season with a backhander off of a breakaway. Schulze extended the Griffins’ lead off of a fortuitous bounce at the 6:02 mark of the first. Schulze started the play by intercepting a De Smet clearing attempt at the blue line. His original shot went wide but bounced off the end boards directly back to him, allowing him to one-time it into the net. Boccardi’s wrister found its way through traffic to make it 3-0 for Vianney with 2.7 seconds left in the first. Timothy Pazdernik got the assist.
“I thought we didn’t have the energy that we needed to have against a team like that,” De Smet coach Christopher Durso said. “If you come out flat they’re going to put a couple up on you quick and you’re chasing the game after that.”
Kinzel got De Smet on the board, finishing a perfectly executed two-on-one with Michael Mullen at the 3:28 mark of the second period. Lodes found the back of the net seconds after the Griffins thwarted a two-on-one with Jack Estes and Justin Reynolds, but that was as close as the Spartans got. “I thought we had something going there and they got the momentum back and our kids couldn’t battle through it,” Durso said.
JV Gold battled hard with a limited roster due to the President's Day weekend and lost to CBC 0-5 in the first semifinal game on Mon. Feb. 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm at Queeny Park. Kyle Smarko, Freshman Goalie made his high school JV Semifinal Playoff debut as did, Freshmen; Brodie Applebaum, Carter Eifert, Ken Henning, Gabe Kiene, Will Powers, Anthony Schulze, Henry Vest and Nate Waigand. Sophomore leadership in this game was provided by Tom Gruener, Tim Dotson and John Verdu.
The JV Gold enjoyed a tremendous season posting a final record of 13-7-4. This is especially notable based on the fact that their roster was all Freshmen and Sophomores. The experience gained will serve these young Griffins well in the future.